59 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

59 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

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59 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

Start: Baku, Azerbaijan
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Lyon, France
— 3 nights
Tram + Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Nice, France
— 7 nights
Drive:  8 h
5
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Fly:  17 h
7
Brasilia, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  1 h 30 min
9
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
10
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
11
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h
12
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  11 h
13
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
14
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
15
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Baku, Azerbaijan

5
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zaanse Schans and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. Go for a jaunt from Amsterdam to The Hague to see Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace) about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, explore the world behind art at Moco Museum, examine the collection at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To plan Amsterdam vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Baku, Azerbaijan to Amsterdam is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Azerbaijan Time (AZT) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Baku in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Amsterdam, with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

The Hague, Zaanse Schans
Highlights from your plan
Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

6
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Popular historic sites such as Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Chateau de Chambord are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles), Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims (in Reims) and Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, take a stroll through Le Marais, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March in Paris, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Versailles, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Cheverny, Chartres Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

3
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Miniature et Cinema and Musee de Grenoble. Get some historical perspective at Vieux Lyon and Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere (in Grenoble), Chapelle Saint-Vincent. (in Irouleguy) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, and stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Paris to Lyon by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Grenoble, Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, La Vieille Ville, Chapelle Saint-Vincent.
Highlights from your plan
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema
Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain

7
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Let the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La Maison du Portal capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and La Madone d'Utelle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Église Saint Veran (in Utelle), Coaraze (Ruines de Rocca Sparviera & Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste) and Musee Lou Ferouil (in Gilette). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, take in the spiritual surroundings of La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul, pause for some serene contemplation at La Collegiale Saint Paul, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nice planner .

You can do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Nice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, St-Paul-de-Vence, Utelle, Cannes, Coaraze
Highlights from your plan
Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©

1
day
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta", hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then don't miss a visit to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of St. Mauritius.

You can plan Zermatt trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Nice to Zermatt by combination of flight and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Zermatt

Winter Sports Outdoors Classes
Highlights from your plan
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Kapelle Gornergrat ©

6
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Glasi Hergiswil. Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Fraumünster Church are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Fondation Beyeler (in Riehen), Lucerne (Hofkirche, Jesuitenkirche, & more) and Kloster Einsiedeln (in Einsiedeln). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Limmatquai, and steep yourself in history at Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich tour planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Zurich by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lucerne, Munot, Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Kloster Einsiedeln
Highlights from your plan
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg
Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

1
night
Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the striking features of Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Dom Bosco, and then stroll around Parque da Cidade Sarah Kubitschek. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church, then admire the striking features of Catedral Metropolitana, then appreciate the history behind Memorial JK, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo da Boa Vontade.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Brasilia day trip planning tool .

Fly from Zurich to Brasilia in 17 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Zurich to Brasilia, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Brasilia is much hotter than Zurich - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Brasilia

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Dom Bosco ©
Santuario Dom Bosco
Memorial JK ©
Memorial JK
Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church ©
Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church

5
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. You'll explore and learn at Imperial Museum and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Bondinho Pao de Acucar, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, and contemplate the waterfront views at Rodrigo de Freitas Lake.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Brasilia to Rio de Janeiro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Brasilia in March, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Imperial Museum, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Imperial Museum ©
Imperial Museum

3
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Appreciate the collections at Museu Do Futebol and Museu da Lingua Portuguesa. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Mosteiro De Sao Bento. There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Catavento Cultural e Educacional, see the interesting displays at Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo, explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and walk around Parque Ibirapuera.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sao Paulo travel planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, with highs in Sao Paulo at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Museu do Futebol ©
Museu do Futebol
Mosteiro De Sao Bento ©
Mosteiro De Sao Bento

1
night
Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museo Regional De Magallanes, see the interesting displays at Nao Victoria Museo, and then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Municipal. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then steep yourself in history at Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Punta Arenas trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Punta Arenas takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sao Paulo to Punta Arenas due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in April, with highs in Punta Arenas at 11°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cementerio Municipal ©
Cementerio Municipal
Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes ©
Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo

4
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Casa de Isla Negra and Colchagua Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Chascona and Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. When in Santiago, make a side trip to see La Sebastiana in Valparaiso, approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Punta Arenas to Santiago by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Colchagua Museum, La Sebastiana, Casa de Isla Negra
Highlights from your plan
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra
Colchagua Museum ©
Colchagua Museum
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

3
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Salar de Tara and Valle De La Luna. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tebinquinche Lake.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in San Pedro de Atacama sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Pukara de Quitor ©
Pukara de Quitor

3
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Explore hidden gems such as Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. Popular historic sites such as Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Bolivar plaza are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Reserva Natural El Chochal de Siecha (in Guasca), Bioparque La Reserva (in Cota) and Observatorio de Colibries (in La Calera). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Colombia, make a trip to Monserrate, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Whee Institute.

You can plan Bogota trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Bogota by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Colombia Time (COT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in April, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Reserva Natural El Chochal de Siecha, Bioparque La Reserva, Observatorio de Colibries, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Nacional de Colombia ©
Museo Nacional de Colombia

2
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): head off the coast to Johnny Cay, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, then look for all kinds of wild species at West View, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, then make a trip to Rocky Cay, and then head off the coast to Cayo Bolivar.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island road trip planner.

Getting from Bogota to San Andres Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in April: highs in San Andres Island hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
West View
West View

4
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Explore hidden gems such as Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa and Plaza de la Proclamacion. Popular historic sites such as Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and Iglesia de Santo Toribio are in your itinerary. Step out of Cartagena to go to Puerto Colombia and see Castillo de Salgar, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, examine the collection at Museo Del Cacao, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Fernandez Madrid.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planner .

Getting from San Andres Island to Cartagena by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Castillo de Salgar
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver

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